Stephen’s Thoughts on Move the World

When I first saw Move The World on LinkedIn, I was curious about the name of the organisation and how they ‘move the world.’ The organisation is grounded on the maxim of thinking globally and acting locally. The same week as hearing about MTW I was in a volunteering session and heard the hummingbird story – how the small bird was trying to stop a fire by fetching water with its beak to quench the fire. Indeed the challenges that the world faces are enormous, and no single person or organisation can address any completely. What we need is as many people as possible considering themselves as change makers and making the effort to shape their sphere of influence positively. This is what Move The World is about. 

I applied to be a Grants Manager because I identified strongly with Move The World’s ‘why’, the organisation’s ethos and values. I had recorded a talk on building empathy and community as a means of tackling inequality in underserved communities, and it was exciting to hear about how Move The World’s work enables young people to develop the agency to address their local challenges and take ownership of the development of their communities. During the interview I asked what it was like working with the organisation, and part of the responses was that it feels like being in a family. In my first week of work, I had the privilege of going to Medie to meet the Ghana team, and easily bonded with the team although it was the first time meeting everyone. The warmth, friendliness and authenticity of the team made me feel at home and I began to understand what was said earlier. The super friendly and bubbly nature of the team makes the organisation really unique. 

Working together in the last few months, we have been able to send off a good number of applications while building a portfolio of funders to help continue and expand our global citizenship programmes. What I have enjoyed the most in the last few months is the opportunity to work in a flexible, friendly organisation while learning and sharpening my skills. I feel strongly supported and never alone in my role, and continue to enjoy the support of the team. 

Three moments that have stood out to me were 

1. Spending a day with the Ghana team and observing the programme in action. 

2. Meeting everyone in the UK team and spending a day together working and planning. 3. Receiving a surprise present in the mail upon finishing my dissertation. 

In a few weeks I will be initiated into a Move The World ‘ritual’ – working with the team to make a Christmas video. Looking forward to this and to many more months of working together, shaping the trajectory of the pupils we work for and having fun while doing so. Looking forward to the coming months with optimism! 

-Stephen Senyo Tettegah
November 2022

Get Local Wave 1 Complete!

Get Local is our follow on programme for Form 1 Students (age 13-15 years old) and with your support we were able to launch the 7 month programme in January 2022 in 4 different schools.

We were then able to launch it again in May 2022 in 6 different schools for a total of 10 Get Local Programmes this year! Phew!

It’s been a learning experience as teenagers are no joke, but an incredible experience for all us to stretch ourselves, learn and readjust where needed.

Our first 70 students of Get Local have officially graduated in July this year and we couldn’t be more proud of what they have accomplished and learnt.

What is Get Local? Check out below and a massive congratulations to our amazing facilitators for creating Get Local, implementing it and ensuring that students were engaged and had FUN!

We’re Partnering With Global Fund for Children!

Let me take you into a day in the life of the MTW Core Team –
Now I want you think about our small and mighty team with 3 of us in the UK and 1 in Ghana. We’ve identified we need to diversify our revenue stream and we’ve found an amazing course through Acumen to do so. But let’s be honest, none of us have time for a 6 week course that needs 5 hours a week.

If you know us.. you know we’re going to find a way and do it anyways.
That’s exactly what happened in early 2021 for Claire, Lawrencia, Caroline and Megan.
Every week one of us would take on the responsibility for “leading the class” and getting a start on the homework – the rest of us would meet on Friday afternoon during nap time for our little “mover” and discuss the readings, complete the homework together and send it off.
As a small team, who are committed and ready for change, I can highly recommend the Acumen course for fundraising. Many aspects were highlighted for us – the biggest being…”wow, as we grow, we NEED to find other ways of bringing in income”

One of the case studies Acumen used was in partnership with Global Fund for Children (GFC). With a bit of googling we found GFC was very much aligned to our values and thought it was most definitely worth getting in touch.

Through Claire’s LinkedIn skills, she linked up with many of the exec team at GFC and set up some calls.

Thanks to Alex Kyerematen, Global Development Strategist who offered his time, his thoughts and took a chance on us.

Alex visited Lawrencia and the team twice over the last few years – spending hours getting to know the team and chatting about the impact Get Global and Get Local are making. The advice given was warmly welcomed and we started to think of our growth and sustainability even more.

Let’s jump to April 2022 when we received an email that Alex would be pitching our programmes and need some more information from us! As fast we could and with much quality we could contain – we sent over the documents needed and then sat back and waited.

It was in June 2022 when we received another email saying we had been selected for the next granting round within the GFC PEAK Initiative that things got really exciting.

GFC has signed up to partner with MTW over the next two years and we couldn’t be more excited or more grateful.

So far our partnership with GFC has been filled with learnings, doors opening and a financial contribution that is the biggest to date!

We can’t wait to see how this relationship will grow and bloom. Massive thanks to GFC for believing in the work we do and hosting a platform that harnesses the power of small, grass root organisations.

Here’s to growth and sustainability


What is wonderful about the small development world is that we are connected with so many people and organisations doing incredible things around the world.

Sometimes these connections are knowledge based
– we know of each other and champion each others work but leave it at that.
Other times these connections are networking and knowledge exchange portals
– ‘here is someone you should speak to about X’ or ‘I’ve been there before, here are some ideas for you’

And other times they begin with a shared value, there is some collaboration, some distance and then when the time is right a partnership sprouts!

This is our relationship with the incredible MIA Chocolate.

If you don’t know about them yet- or haven’t found reason to try their chocolate stop reading, put it on your shopping list and go pick some up!

MIA- Made In Africa is a sustainable organisation dedicated to ensuring that cocoa is grown, harvested and packaged all in Africa.
Much of the chocolate we consume starts off on the continent, but is quickly shipped to other countries and made into chocolate elsewhere – there isn’t much payment for the farmers and the chance for upskiling stops before it can start.

MIA has turned that on its head and is working directly with farmers in Madagascar and now in Ghana to ensure from seed to packaging its all done “in house.”

Needless to say, we love their work and were so excited when we came together and found a way to partner with them.

With a focus on SDG 2- Zero Hunger, MIA funded 3 Get Global sessions in 3 schools in July 2022. Have a look at the impact they were able to provide!

Thank you so much MIA Chocolate – we look forward to continuing to Move the World with you and equally promote the incredible work you are doing.

If you are interested in partnering with us – get in touch and lets chat!

Half Year Thoughts with Hawa

Life in the first half of the year has been a rollercoaster, it’s been sweet, sour, and there has been happy and sad moments as well, where we’ve lost lost ones and received loved ones.

But even flowers as beautiful as they are have got thorns on some of them, therefore life cannot be sweet all the time….All in all, I didn’t let the negatives effect me or those around me that much as I had lives to impact and people looking up to me!
Programs went on as scheduled, children graduated from Get Global and Get Local respectively and it was fun seeing the excitements on their faces.

And oh!! There was an orphans party which I volunteered to be a part of, children(orphans) from different schools were brought together to have fun (Games, Art works, Quran Recital competitions, eating, dancing and a lot).
My favourite part was having the opportunity as the art director and asking these orphans to draw or sketch things they don’t have but wish to have someday. I was inspired, I shed tears and I was amazed by the talents of the children….It was fun.

The interesting part of this year so far was when ‘Team Incredible’ as we call ourselves at MTW, decided “Hey Team Incredible, we’ve worked hard, let’s go on a retreat to pamper ourselves and have a meeting.”
And let me tell you… it was worth it!! The location, the view, the people, everything was amazing. Sleeping at night and listening to the sea breeze, waking up in the morning to the beauty of the sea and the beautiful people of Central Region. It was a relaxing experience, not forgetting the lunch provided by Team MTW. I personally had the chance to showcase my picture taking skills, roaming the streets of CapeCoast and making new friends.

It was amazing and I’m looking forward to what the second half of the year has for us!!!!

Team Incredible at Cape Coast Retreat – Aug 2022

We’re Hiring!

Join our fun and supportive team as our Grants Manager.

  • Move The World, International Development Education Charity – with operations in Ghana Remote working with access to London  
  • £29,000 Annually 
  • Pro-rata Permanent, Part-time, 2 days (16 hours) a week to be worked flexibly

NB: Potential for role to be increased to 3.5 days (28 hours) with successful pending grant application

About Move the World

Move the World is a UK registered charity and registered NGO in Ghana founded in 2016, focused on community development and global citizenship education in the Ga West Municipality of Ghana, West Africa. Our mission is to educate youth in Ghana to be active global citizens. We work alongside schools and communities to deliver our global citizenship education programmes, Get Global and Get Local using the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as learning themes. Since our 2019 pilot 914 students, 15 young adults and 9 teachers throughout 12 different schools have engaged with each other in experiential activities to build life skills whilst learning about local and global issues. 

Job description 

We’re looking for a Grants Manager to join our small UK team to help us reach out to new donors particularly  trusts and foundations.

Move The World is growing, and this role will be dedicated to continuing this trend. Although the role will focus on raising funds from trusts and foundations, as a small international development charity, we work dynamically, adjusting to the most pressing need at any time. You’ll embrace this culture and enjoy being responsive. You’ll need to be passionate, personable and well organised. You’ll manage your own partnerships as well as supporting existing ones.

As we are growing and expanding there is breadth to this position and opportunities for increased hours and promotion to the Senior Management Team as Director of Development.

This role will be home-based, but you’ll need to be able to travel to London for one – two days a month to meet with our UK team. You’ll need to also  be able to travel in the UK to meet with partners, and there will be potential for international travel. 

Your main responsibilities 

  • Write and submit applications to a range of trusts and foundations including corporate foundations, including working with our programme team to develop the applications and gather the information you need to create the application.
  • Research and develop relationships with trusts and foundations, and manage our grants pipeline.
  • Engage with potential, existing and previous funders to identify funding opportunities 
  • Write and submit inspiring reports for existing funders.
  • Lead on due diligence processes for funders.
  • Support the monitoring of our fundraising budget to ensure we’re on track to meet the annual fundraising target.

You must have or be all of these: 

  • At least three years’ experience of charitable fundraising – ideally international development
  • Experience of cultivating relationships with trusts, foundations and/or corporates
  • An understanding of individual giving
  • Experience of researching and managing a fundraising pipeline 
  • Experience of using a fundraising CRM (we use Beacon but experience in any CRM will be transferable) 
  • Plenty of experience using Excel and Microsoft Word or Google Sheets and Google Docs 
  • Great organisational skills – you need to be able to multitask and prioritise your own workload 
  • Strong communication skills – we work remotely but we are all in touch a lot, you need to be happy to be part of this remote team and stay in touch about what you’re doing 
  • Good digital acumen – you can’t be a technophobe 

It would be great if you had some of these: 

  • Experience in either education or international development 
  • Understanding of communications, in particular social media and newsletters 
  • Experience of putting together fundraising resources and newsletters, using Canva or Indesign 
  • Experience of digital fundraising including Facebook 

You’re likely to be a great fit if: 

  • You enjoy communicating with donors and sharing a cause with them 
  • You’re passionate about international development 
  • You are happy to work independently 
  • You have a flexible approach to your work. As a small charity, everyone in the team has to do things that aren’t in their job descriptions 

Interview Process

Interviews will be conducted over Zoom on Monday 30th May and will include a short assessment. The position will start on the 20th of June (Monday) to allow for a brief handover period.

Application Instructions 

Please include your CV and a covering letter. We’d love to hear why you think you’re a good fit for the role at Move The World. 
Send CV & Covering Letter to – by 26th of May 2022

Lovers and Bluffers is BACK!

The event you have come to know and love is BACK IN PERSON!

We loved your energy last year when we took it online and learnt Kpanlogo together with Dance Master Joseph and this year we are back to our 2020 venue of the Corinthia Hotel in London.

We would love to see you on what will be a fantastic night of dancing, music, casino tables (fun money only!!) and tons of prizes to be had.

Make sure to get your tickets fast as you don’t want to miss out 🙂
And if you can’t make it – consider making a donation to help us continue facilitating the youth in Ghana to be active global citizens.

7th of May
Corinthia Hotel, London
Ticket Link

Medaase and see you there!

Facing Forward to Break the Bias

We all got used to online events and meetings during the pandemic and as glorious as it is to now be able to be back in person – at Move the World we are looking to do a mix throughout the year to be able to include our incredible community from around the world.

March 8th marks International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the achievements of women but more importantly to pledge a difference to see a more equal and fair world.
Last year we were honoured to host an event with the theme of #ChoosetoChallenge with 3 women from varying careers and backgrounds.
They spoke of their challenges and adversaries and they spoke of their drive and mission for women and girls to be included and welcomed in every sector.
A major thank you to Ivelina Green, Juliet Amoah and Rebecca Farmer for joining us.

Additional to this event last year we saw the incredible skills of our own treasurer, Kellie Lucas who moderated the conversation and discussion.
Kellie has welcomed the idea to host once again for this years International Women’s Day themed event – Facing Forward to Break the Bias.

#BreaktheBias is this years theme around the world and we wanted to pair this with Kwame Nkrumah’s iconic speech as he led Ghana into an independent state in 1965.
‘…we face neither east nor west, we face forward..’

This year we have another 3 incredible speakers who will discuss what it means for them to #BreaktheBias in their respective careers on a daily basis.

Nana-Efua Lawson : Managing Director and Principal Psychologist at Castlegate International

Renata Kashiwaya Pinheiro : VP Customer Success at WeGift

David Selorm Atsu : Associate at Credit Suisse

Tickets are by donation and we would love your support in empowering this upcoming generation to believe in their value, worth and their commitment to breaking the bias.

12th of April
7pm BST
Tickets Here

Getting “Chocolatey”

A very exciting announcement for us!

MIA Chocolate – Food with Thought will be partnering with us this coming May to support 6 Get Global Sessions focused on SDG 2- Zero Hunger!
That’s an impact of 90 students, 6 facilitators and 3 schools!

You may remember a MERGE event in 2018 when we partnered with MIA previously and enjoyed an evening of “speed dating/chocolate tasting.” They have been a massive support to us since the beginning and we’re so excited as they expand their projects and business into Ghana this coming year!

MIA’s Story: The idea for MIA started with co-founder couple Brett Beach and Sarah Lescrauwaet and grew thanks to contributions from a group of individuals united around a passion to create delicious foods that bring prosperity to communities in Africa.

We are honoured and very excited to be collaborating with this amazing company!
Check out your local shops for MIA chocolate on your shelves- you won’t be disappointed!

Meet Wonu Owoade!

Wonu came on board in October 2021 as our Fundraising Manager – she is an integral part of the team already! Have a read about her first month…

“…not only a team, but we are a family…”

‘Move the World’. When I saw the name of this charity I smiled and knew I instantly wanted to be part of their story.
In today’s world where there is so much changing within society and not always for the good, I always feel encouraged knowing there are people out there who want to make a positive difference in any way possible. I knew as soon as reading into the work of this charity that the team believed in the importance of doing good in any way possible and in the process help ‘Move the World’ – one day at a time.

That was the main reason why I applied to be their Fundraising Manager to help raise the resources needed to continue this important work – work to help young people in Ghana reach their full potential and become change-
makers transforming their communities. When I secured the role I was thrilled and could not wait to get started on the work at hand!

In my first month, alongside learning about the work, my main responsibility has been to help research donors with who we could work and form strategic partnerships. In my first two weeks, I helped submit a proposal to such a donor and for me, it was a great opportunity to learn more about the work of Move the World and our ambitious plans to extend our reach to even more young people next year and have a greater impact in the communities that we serve. Together with the Trustees, we are working on putting our fundraising strategy for 2022 into action with many exciting events on the horizon including the Big Give and our annual Lovers and Bluffers event in which we hope will provide great opportunities to thank our supporters; as well as reach more people to support the work we do.

Another key highlight has been meeting members of the team both virtually and in person, we always try to stay connected across time zones and different working days. Although we have our specific responsibilities, we always assess how best we can support each other and we all get stuck in where and as needed.

We are not only a team but we are a family.

As Christmas rolls on, we have been working on developing our Christmas video – which has been very exciting and also a laugh in making – I cannot wait for you to see it! As we look to 2022, we hope to continue to expand our partnerships and outreach and hope together we can continue to Move the World!